Making large wall-art using A2 poster

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I recently bought some frames at a bargain price from The Range and wanted to make my own unique artwork for my bedroom. The frames were very large carved wooden frames in a lovely dark wood that I thought would go perfectly with my bed frame. I loved the frames, but they weren’t being sold in the empty-frames section –  they were discounted in the ‘wall art’ section. The frames were the surround for an art print of a paris scene, but that wasn’t why I was buying them – it was simply for the frames. It’s a great idea to look in the wall art department when you’re looking for frames, because you can often get frames at a cheaper price, as long as you don’t mind taking out the existing artwork. I got a slightly odd look at the checkout as I bought two of the same artwork, but of course, I was already brewing up ideas for new artwork for my wooden frames!

I encountered a couple of hurdles when using my new frames. First of all, the artwork had been glued in to the mount surround, so rather than just slipping out the print and adding my own images as I had anticipated doing, I had to actually cut the image out of the mount so that I could use it as a surround for my new photos. The second hurdle was that the aperture of the mount was just that bit-too-big to house the image that I had planned to print out using my home printer – A4 and A3 were both slightly too small and would leave a gap around the image.  After a quick look online, I found out that I could get A2 poster prints of my images, and this would be plenty big enough for me to trim off the edges and would fit the frame perfectly.

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So I chose a couple of images of my pet cats. I know it’s a little cheesy, but these are the very first photos that I saw of my cats when I was browsing the Animal Care website years ago to find a cat to adopt. These two cats had to be rehomed as a pair, and when I first saw the photo of my little black cat I was smitten – and when I saw her tortoiseshell sister I was sold. I have loved these cats for the past five years since they came to live with me back in August 2008, so these photos are very special to me, because they are the first glimpse I ever had of my furry friends. So I sent these lovely photos to be printed (I also found out that I can get business cards printing with printed.com but that’s another story!) and they soon arrived and I set to work putting them in the frames. Obviously, I was going to lose part of the print because the frames are square and the posters were A2 but I centred the cats in the frames and snipped off the excess at the edges.

I love my new massive artwork, and I hope you’ll agree that they look pretty good in the dark-wood frames. I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford this size of frame normally, so it was well worth me hunting in the artwork section of The Range to find large frames at a good price – let me know if you find any bargains this way too! 

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Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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